Source, Penn Live, Julia Hatmaker
Experience the work of Vincent Van Gogh like never before at the King of Prussia Mall.
The mall will be the home to the U.S. debut of the Van Gogh Museums Editions Collections Pop-up Tour starting on Aug. 16.
The pop-up tour brings replicas of the artist’s paintings to the masses. Those visiting can touch the paintings to feel the texture of Van Gogh’s signature heavy brushstrokes. They’ll also learn about Van Gogh’s life and work and have a chance to purchase a replica of their own.
The pop-up will be at the mall from Aug. 16 to Oct. 14 in the Lord and Taylor court. It’ll be the first time this collection has been on display in the United States. After leaving King of Prussia it’ll move on to Short Hills Mall in New Jersey in December, followed by stops in Houston, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles and Denver.
The pop up is the creation of the Van Gogh Museum, based in Amsterdam. Each of the nine replica paintings on display are approved by the museum’s expert curators. The paintings all showcase milestones in Van Gogh’s life. They are:
- “Sunflowers” (1888)
- “Almond Blossom” (1890)
- “The Harvest” (1889)
- “Wheatfield under Thunderclouds” (1890)
- “Boulevard de Clichy” (1887)
- “Undergrowth” (1889)
- “The Bedroom” (1888)
- “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer” (1888)
- “Landscape at Twilight” (1890)
The 3D replicas are the museum’s way of bringing Van Gogh’s work to the world, since transporting the originals can be dangerous due to their fragile state. The reproductions are “almost impossible” to distinguish from the originals using the naked eye, according to the Van Gogh Museum.
They also present a new way for those who are visually impaired to appreciate Van Gogh’s work. The pop up will host a special “Feeling Van Gogh” program which will use the fact that you can touch the artwork to talk about Van Gogh’s art.
Admission to the collection is $5 for adults and free for children under the age of 10.
The money raised from the pop-up go to the Van Gogh Museum and its educational programs.
Want to see the real paintings in person? Head to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh Museum. Learn more about the museum at vangoghmuseum.nl/en.
Closer to home, you can see several of Van Gogh’s paintings at the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia), Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia) and Carnegie Museum of Art (4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh).